Hauser Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A very easy day trip to a spectacular area that is close to the highway but still a remote wilderness. The undesignated wilderness south of the Beartooth Highway (US 212) is often ignored as hikers flock to the more well-known trails north of the road. Yet the area south of the highway is equally wild and scenic and, of course, less crowded.
This hike is similar to the Gardner Lake hike but without the big hill. The trail is not well defined in the meadow along the road, so keep your eyes peeled for a few big cairns marking its location. Once you get near the trees, the trail becomes easy to follow and is well defined all the way to Hauser Lake. The elevation on this hike is much lower than the trail to Gardner Lake—starting at 9,841 feet and dropping to 9,650 feet at Hauser Lake, and the entire area is mostly open—and very scenic."